letting chickens roam

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by skig8tr, Mar 14, 2018.

  1. skig8tr

    skig8tr In the Brooder

    Sep 15, 2017
    Northwest Florida
    I have a coop and run in the backyard, Want to turn chickens loose in whole yard. Problem is 16x32 pool. Will the chickens(RIR) avoid the pool or not?
  2. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

    Jan 30, 2015
    Hello and welcome to BYC. I can't answer your question, but even if they avoided the water, I'm sure they'd leave you plenty of "little gifts" that you may not appreciate being squished between your toes :D
  3. JaeG

    JaeG Crossing the Road

    Sep 29, 2014
    New Zealand
    Welcome to BYC! :frow

    I have read of chickens drowning in ponds and watering troughs. If they lean in to have a drink and fall in they won't float for long as their feathers don't have a lot of waterproofing, and they can't swim. I personally wouldn't risk it.
  4. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
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  5. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

    May 11, 2010
    I've seen too many pets drown in pools and that includes chickens.
  6. ronott1

    ronott1 A chicken will always remember the egg

    Mar 31, 2011
    Woodland, CA
    My Coop
    Welcome to Backyard Chickens!

    Chickens do not float long and can become water logged.

    I would fence them off from the pool
  7. 007Sean

    007Sean Pheasant Whisperer

    Oct 25, 2015
    South Central Texas
    Howdy:welcome:frow Happy :yato have you join the family. Enjoy your time here at BYC!:)
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  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Hope you will enjoy BYC as much as we do
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  9. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams

    G’Day from down under skig8tr :frow Welcome!

    I reckon they would not avoid it; I have ponds and my gals prefer to drink from them than their actual water containers if they have a chance. I agree with the others in that it is better to be safe than sorry.

    I do hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    Including your general location on your profile will assist others. Location, climate, season etc can be important factors when members are responding to any questions you may have and vice versa.

    You might want to also Find Your State Thread and pop in and say hello.

    BYC has Topic of the Week discussions which I have found to be a great resource, informative and sometimes entertaining; so definitely worth checking out.

    If you would like to share Pictures and Stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out ;)
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